Jamie Dixon and his staff at Pittsburgh spent the whole summer prowling for a point guard in 2012. On Sunday, those efforts were rewarded when their chief target gave them an affirmative.
Tough as nails point guard James Robinson took himself off the market with a verbal pledge to the Panthers on Sunday afternoon.
According to his head coach at Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha, Mike Jones, the 6-foot-3 point guard felt there was no reason to drag out things.
"I know he was kind of ready to get the process over with," Jones said. "With as much respect as he has for Coach (Tony) Bennett at Virginia and Coach (Mike) Brey at Notre Dame he didn't want to drag them along. He wanted to make the decision so they could move on to other targets."
A physical and skilled floor general, Robinson has proven himself to be a leader and winner on both the high school level with DeMatha and in the summer with Team Takeover.
Currently ranked No. 56 in the 2012 Rivals150, Robinson saw plenty to like in Pitt, according to Jones.
"It's a great fit, great education, the style of play is great and he gets along with the coaches," said Jones of the four-star point guard. "Most of all he wants to win and he's going to have a chance to win there.
"A lot of guys worry about playing time right away and he doesn't think about that because he's focused on winning. James knows that if he does what he's supposed to do that will end up on the floor and be a part of that winning.
Robinson joins a recruiting class that already includes four-star New Zealand big man Steven Adams. Adams is likely to be on the rise when the 2012 Rivals150 is updated later this week.